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God is our Saviourand Redeemer?" surrendered to Charles V. in 1547,
“ Yes,” he replied, and soon but returning to it when restored to after departed. The Counts of the Elector. In 1562, she left it Mansfeld would have retained his again on account of the plague, corpse, but the Elector insisted selling her property there, and rethat it should be conveyed to Wit- tiring to Torgau; but on her jourtenberg, where it was interred with ney, the horses attempting to run the greatest ceremony. Catharine away by the side of a lake, she survived him almost seven years, sprang out of the carriage, when being left with three sons and two was much bruised, and fell daughters. She was treated kindly into the water. She was conveyed by the Elector and other sovereigns, to her place of destination, but died and stayed at Wittenberg for a year about three months after from the after his death, leaving it when effects of her accident.
THE LAND OF REST.
There is a land of glorious rest,
'Where pure and happy spirits rove,
The land of spotless joy and love.
Free from corroding grief and care ;
Nor discord once shall enter there :
Where quenchless glories meet and shine,
For all its pleasures are divine.
But where is this blest region found?
It is not upon earthly ground,
And spirits of the just repose;
With undiminish'd ardour glows.
All smiling in perennial bloom,
And flowers that breathe divine perfume,
And hail thy harps of holiest strains,
Who rove along thy happy plains.
And dark and trackless is the road;
Points onward to the dear abode.
Though winds and surges beat and roar,
And urge to that celestial shore,
“ There's a Land of Rest."
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ON LUKEWARMNESS. How important to all who pro- How can we expect ever to be fess the Gospel of Christ are the partakers of the inheritance of words which John (during his ba- saints above, where all is pure nishment at the isle of Patmos) love, joy, and peace, unless our was commanded to write to the corrupt natures, our defiled taberchurch of Laodicea: “ These things nacles, undergo some inward cleanssaith the Amen, the faithful and ing, some divine purification? “We true witness, the beginning of the must be born again.” Our hearts creation of God: I know thy must be cleansed by the blood of works, that thou art neither cold Christ; our souls and bodies purgnor hot, I would thou wert cold or ed and sanctified by the Holy hot: so then, because thou art luke- Spirit. warm, and neither cold nor hot, I Can it be possible, that they will spew thee out of my mouth; who neglect sweet converse, boly because thou sayest, I am rich, and communion with God and his chilincreased with goods, and have need dren on earth, can sing the song of of nothing; and knowest not that the redeemed, and shout hallethou art wretched, and miserable, lujahs to Him who sitteth on the and
poor, and blind, and naked." throne, and to the Lamb for ever Yet not unfrequently do we find and ever? O no! Fatal delusion! many, who have some knowledge Hearken to the voice of the Lord. of the truth, attempting to divide “I counsel thee to buy of me gold their affections between God and tried in the fire, that thou mayest Mammon, though the Scriptures be rich; and white raiment, that positively declare we cannot serve thou mayest be clothed, and that both.
affections on the shame of thy nakedness do not things above, and not on things appear."_" Ho, every one that here below"_"Lay up for your- thirsteth, come ye to the waters, selves treasure in heaven,” are ex- and he that hath no money; come press commands of Lord.
ye, buy and eat; yea, come buy Again, “Let every that wine and milk, without money and nameth the name of Christ depart without price. Too many,
it is to from iniquity
“ Without holi- be feared, among young converts, ness no man shall see the Lord”
walk afar off from Christ from a “ Let us cleanse ourselves from all fear of reproach, a dread of the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, world's censure; they mix with perfecting holiness in the fear of unbelievers, fearful of being noted God” • He that is børn of God as religious, and are even tempted is a new creature; old things are to deny their Lord and Master. passed away, and behold all things “Come out from among them, saith are become new.”. These, with the Lord, and be ye separate,
and numerous others, are plain com- touch not the unclean thing, and I mands and declarations of Scrip- will receive you.” O the unsearchture. What cause, then, for self- able riches of his grace! What abasement before the throne of di- condescension ! what love! Infivine grace! What need of relying nite mercy! Is it not sufficient to solely on the teaching of God's have despised and rejected him holy Spirit, which is so mercifully once? Must we again put him to promised to those who earnestly open shame? Must we again cruseek it! How can we know the cify the Lord of glory? Can we things pertaining unto God, with- behold him in the garden of Gethout his teaching? It is written, semane? Can we see him expiring “ All must be taught of God.” on the accursed tree, for us wretch
ed creatures, and with his last world; and that, denying all upagonizing breath hear him exclaim- godliness and worldly lusts, we, ing, “ It is finished!" and our ob- by his special grace preventing us, durate hearts not be touched with may walk worthy of the vocation a sense of our vile ingratitude ? Let to which we are called, and live sous humble ourselves at the foot of berly, righteously, and godly in his cross, beseeching him to nail this life present, that we may rest to it our sins. Let us entreat him in lively hope of a blessed immorto clothe us with his blessed gar- tality, through the redemption purment which was so conspicuous on chased by his blood. him whilst on earth, that our proud b MW PIERRE Mhearts may become dead to the
BARTHOLOMEW FAIR. MR. GUARDIAN,
orgies restricted to the hours of The public press, in good hands, sober daylight, the evil would inis a public blessing. It conveys deed be extensive enough; but a bint, a caution, an admonition, when we reflect that they rage to many thousands in almost the throughout the night, and are then same moment of time. I would nost animated and boisterous, the avail myself of this effective engine mischief is scarcely calculable. I to check in some measuré (if pos- have just been informed by a sible) an old grievance, which is friend, that he knows a family who again making its annual approach lost a female servant in conseto the centre of this our city of quence of her absenting herself London; namely, that moral pes- clandestinely the whole night at tilence, “ Bartholomew Fair." Bartholomew Fair. She had stayed
I would earnestly recommend, till a late hour, and was then (as that some notice of the approach of she afterwards stated) afraid to rethis evil should be made from the turn home, not having asked perpulpits of our spiritual watchmen, mission to go. This, Mr. Guarexhibiting in plain and practical dian, is not a solitary instance. observations, the mischiefs accru- Observant persons have noticed ing to society from this mass of the ranks of prostitution in their corruption concentrating in one immediate neighbourhood to be vipoint- a point so accessible too by sibly increased after these annual our apprentices, journeymen, and revelries. The youth of both sexes servants. All fairs and wakes are lay the foundation of many new prolific of disorder and mischief. and dangerous associations at these Those at country towns, however, seasons, to their future loss of all differ materially from such as are
that is dear to themselves and vaheld in or near great cities in this luable to the community of which respect, that the former are marts they are members. for business, for conveying neces- What then can be done to lessen sary supplies to surrounding vil- these evils? Let individuals, and lages; while the latter present no- especially heads of families, exert thing to our outraged feelings but their influence at home and among buffoonery, obscenity, and balas- their neighbours. Moral and even phemy from miserable groups of religious families require, it is to mountebanks, prostitutes, and be feared, frequent admonition thieves, who contrive by va- to be more vigilant over their chilrious means to allure and ensnare dren and dependants at such seathe young, the dissipated, and sons as these. For want of due the sensual. Were these frantic care on this head, the morals, cha
racter, and property of the latter containing anecdotes (which many become seriously and extensively families and judicial records can injured; and the
and securi- too well supply) of victims sufferty of all proportionately shaken. ing disgrace and irreparable injury Leave of absence is frequently in consequence of wallowing in granted on these occasions with these sinks of iniquity. It this be more readiness than on others far the case, it is to be hoped such
appropriate; whereas it a traet may soon be forthcoming, would be wiser to postpone, if pos- and copies of it seasonably distrisible, to a safer opportunity, even buted in neighbourhoods exposed errands of business which would to these disgusting visitants. carry their thoughtless bearers near But, Mr. Guardian, it is time to this dangerous vortex.
conclude.' Let us do what we can A suitable tract might be given to weaken the evil we cannot deto the elder children of Sunday stroy. Let us hope the time is not and other schools to read and de- far distant, when this device of liver to their parents; and a few Satan, and scourge of our capital, imparted to them for the purpose of and the similar pests which infect distribution among their neighbours Greenwich, Camberwell, and other and companions. By being thus suburbs of London, shall be purged made the instruments of warning from the land, to the improvement to others, a decent sense of shame of its morals, and the joy of its might become a wholesome re- more considerate inhabitants. straint upon themselves.
I am, Sir, Perhaps a forcible, well-written
Yours faithfully, tract is wanted upon this subject,
ESSAYS ON THE FIFTY-THIRD CHAPTER OF ISAIAH.
DesIGN OF HIS ENEMIES.
with the wicked, and with the designs of ungodly men, and the rich in his death; because he bringing about its own purposes had done no violence, neither was contrary to their intentions. any deceit in his mouth.
“ He made his grave with the The inspired Prophet having wicked," i. e. “a grave was ap. spoken at large concerning the pointed for him with the wicked;" death of Christ, proceeds now to for it was the intention of those foretell some circumstances con- who put Jesus to death to dishocerning his burial. In our medita- nour him as much as they possibly tions upon the former part of this could, and they would never of chapter, we have been led to view themselves have given him an hoJesus as expiring, on the cross, we nourable burial. As they crucified shall now follow him in our minds him between two thieves, so most to the grave, where it was neces- likely they would have buried him sary that his body should be laid with them, and thus have made for a time, that his humiliation his grave with the wicked.” Nay, might be complete. This, the they bought a piece of ground, as Prophet foretells, was to be “ with if for the purpose, with the money the wicked;" i.e. it was intended which they had given to Judas as so to be, not by God, but by those the price of his treachery; and who crucified Jesus; and herein when that wretched man, unable we shall see a wonderful instance to bear the horrors of his mind, re
turned the pieces of silver, “ they as our sins required he should bear, took counsel, and bought with them it was fit that his sacred body the potter's field to bury strangers should be decently and honourably in." There perhaps they would interred. A rich man was to prohave cast the body of Jesus, and vide the tomb, and there the body have buried him with those who of Jesus was to be laid until the suffered justly for their crimes. morning of his resurrection. All They would have made his grave this was punctually and exactly with the wicked, not merely with fulfilled; for, " when the even was sinners, as all men are, but with come, there came a rich man of those who are cut off by the hand Arimathea, named Joseph, who also of justice, who had been publicly was himself Jesus' disciple: he went condemned and executed as trans- boldly to Pilate and begged the gressors. With them the holy Je- body of Jesus: then Pilate comsus was to have made his grave, manded the body to be delivered; and when he died in company with and when Joseph had taken the them there seemed, perhaps, no way body, he wrapped it in a clean of preventing it. It cannot be doubt- linen cloth, and laid it in his own ed, but that those who put him to new tomb which he had hewn out death would have been the last to in the rock.” Matt. xxvii. 57-60. have given him an honourable burial. “ And there came also Nicodemus They would have rejoiced to have (which at the tirst came to Jesus by seen him put with the thieves into night), and brought a mixture of
common grave, because it myrrh and aloes, about an hunwould have been disgraceful in it- dred pound weight. Then took self, and at the same time a public they the body of Jesus, and wound testimony that he deserved to suf- it in linen cloths with the spices, fer that death which they had in- as the manner of the Jews is to flicted upon him; whereas an ho- bury." John, xix. 39, 40. Hunourable burial would have looked manly speaking, it was very unas if others thought that Jesus was likely that either of these honourinnocent, and had been unjustly able persons should come forward condemned. It would have been to bury the body of Jesus: they some reproach in their proceedings, were both fearful disciples, and it and some testimony to our Lord's was not known decidedly that they character; and yet this was actu- were disciples, until they appeared ally the case, for Jesus was not on this occasion, when all his imonly decently, but honourably bu- mediate followers had forsaken him ried; and the intention of his grave and fled. Joseph had absented being made with the wicked, was himself from the council because set aside contrary to all human ex- he would have no share in our Sapectation, by the overruling provi- viour's condemnation. He went dence of God.
boldly to Pilate and begged the For he “ with the rich in his body of Jesus. Pilate, convinced death.” Some rich and honourable of our Lord's innocence, granted person was to come forward, and his request, and then with great rescue our Lord's body from an ig- respect and affection Joseph buried nominious burial. In, or after, his the body of his Saviour in his own deaths (for the word in the original tomb, where never man before was is plural, and seems to denote laid. Nicodemus also, that fearthose deadly sufferings which ful disciple who at first came to Christ endured for our salvation), Jesus by night, willingly joined he was to be with the rich; for, with Joseph in the sacred office of having suffered all that was neces- burying the body of Jesus; and sary, and borne as much reproach thus the prophecy was fulfilled,